Color Wonder™ Shapes Show Up


Turn simple shapes into colorful geometric designs with no-mess Crayola Color Wonder products.


1. Collect different shapes of everyday and recycled objects to trace, such as round plastic lids, small rectangular boxes, or a triangular block. Talk about the names of these shapes and find similar shapes in your surroundings.

2. Trace several shapes with Crayola Color Wonder™ Soft Sticks® on a large piece of Color Wonder Paper. It may help to have an adult hold the shape in place. Overlap some of the lines to make new shapes.

3. Using both Color Wonder Soft Sticks and Paint, color in the traced shapes—or the new shapes that you made. Use lots of different hues so the shapes really stand out from each other. Watch the colors appear as you fill in the shapes. Try dabbing the paint to create texture. Overlap colors to make new hues, such as yellow and blue to make light green. Fill in all the spaces or leave some blank—whichever look you like best.

4. You have created a beautiful abstract painting! How many different shapes can you find? What are their names? Which colors did you choose?

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Color Wonder™—Wash hands well with soap and water after use.


  • Introduce a famous artist, such as Piet Mondrian, who used this technique. Show some of his paintings to inspire children’s creativity. Talk about the colors, lines, and shapes he used to make his dramatic work.
  • Children with special needs might focus on one shape at a time. Color Wonder Paints are especially easy to use by children with motor control challenges because they have large handles and the paint is already in the brush. Soft Sticks need very little pressure to apply the color.
  • Assessment: Children find the same shapes of their tracers in the classroom. Children carefully trace around their shapes and overlap some of them to make new shapes. Children can identify each of the shapes and colors they used.

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crayola supplies
  • Color Wonder™ Paper
  • Color Wonder™ Paint
  • Color Wonder™ Soft Sticks
household supplies
  • recycled items
  • household items (various)



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Special Needs


  • Math
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Children recognize simple geometric shapes such as circle, square, and triangle.

  • Children concentrate on eye-hand coordination as they trace around and color a variety of shapes.

  • Children overlap some shapes to form new ones.

  • Children name all of the shapes and colors used in their art.


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